REACH OG Learning Centre is proud to be the leading provider of accredited OG training in Canada. Our OG training courses have been subject to rigorous peer review and have been recognized and accredited by both the Canadian and American OG professional academies (CATT, OG and AOGPE) and align with standards set out for the training of dyslexia specialists by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), the National Reading Panel, as well as requirements by provincial Ministries of Education (OGCE). 

The OG training curricula delivered through REACH OG Learning Centres has been developed by our Executive Director, Corey Zylstra, M.Ed. Corey is recognized and accredited as an Orton-Gillingham Master Trainer for the Canadian Orton-Gillingham Academy (MT/CATT, OG), an Honorary Fellow of the American OG Academy (HF/AOGPE) and as a Certified Dyslexia Therapist through the International Dyslexia Association (CDT/IDA).  

We offer training for hundreds of teachers each year in multiple locations in Canada and in several countries around the world. We work with schools, districts and universities to ensure quality, professional, accredited OG training.

To become an Orton-Gillingham Practitioner, enabling support for students in a 1:1 setting: OGP applicants must complete: Foundations of MSLE and OG Practitioner coursework, followed by OG Practitioner Practicum. After successful completion of the practicum, the trainee would be eligible to apply to the Canadian OG Academy (CATT, OG) for certification as an OG Practitioner-Interim and begin working in the field. Note, trainees must complete all basic training listed above in order to qualify as an OG Practitioner.

To become trained as an Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator, providing support in classrooms and learning assistance centres in schools: OGCE applicants must complete Foundations of MSLE followed by OG Classroom Educator courses and hold a teaching degree. Successful OGCEs would then be eligible to apply for OGCE credentials.

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Foundations of OG/MSLE

Foundations of Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSL)  is an introductory course to Orton-Gillingham education and training. This 30 hour training course has been designed to prepare educators for either clinical training in the Orton-Gillingham approach or Orton-Gillingham training for classroom teachers. Approved by the Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Tutors, Orton-Gillingham as approved foundational training, the course also serves as an important link to current research for Orton-Gillingham practitioners currently in practice. This is an accredited course that includes assignments and exam work for course completion.  *Completion of this training meets eligibility requirements for Supporter of our Canadian OG Academy

Course content:  The Dyslexic Learner, Introduction to the Orton-Gillingham approach, Phonological Awareness, Phonology (sounds and sound-symbol relationships), Decoding (from sound-symbol to blending sounds to text reading), Monitoring reading fluency quickly and easily, Orthography -lower level spelling rules and upper level spelling rules, Response to Intervention (RTI) in the classroom

This course is suitable for educators who wish to learn more about the Orton-Gillingham / MSL approach to supporting learners who struggle with language, including classroom teachers, learning assistant teachers, SLPs, school administration, and EAs. This class serves as prerequisite coursework for Orton-Gillingham Practitioner training or OG Classroom Educator training.


Course fee: $595. + GST.  Materials are included.

Course Location Dates Availability
Foundations of OG/MSL Reach - North Van Mar. 18 - 21, 2019 (9am - 4pm daily) *Spring Break Register Now
Foundations of OG/MSL Reach - Richmond Mar. 26 - 29, 2019 (9am - 4pm daily) *Spring Break Register Now
Foundations of OG/MSL Reach - North Van July 2 - 5, 2019 (9am - 4pm daily) Register Now
Foundations of OG/MSL Reach - Richmond July 2 - 5, 2019 (9am - 4pm daily) Register Now
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OG Practitioner Training

REACH OG Learning Centre offers Orton-Gillingham Practitioner Training that has been fully accredited and recognized by the Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Tutors, Orton-Gillingham (CATT, OG). Canadian trainees who seek to become OG Practitioners should consult with the academy as to membership requirements ( Our REACH trainers will also provide information to trainees about professional registry. Trainees from the United States or other countries who may be seeking American qualifications may wish to consult with the American OG academy (AOGPE) as to their membership requirements.

Orton-Gillingham Practitioner training coursework includes over 60 training hours designed to prepare educators to begin providing clinical support in a 1 on 1 environment using the Orton-Gillingham approach. Course Content: VAKT Teaching and Learning, O-G Procedures: Establishing a Baseline (Diagnostic Teaching), Visual Recall, Word Reading, Auditory Recall, Word Spelling and SOS Procedures, Sight Word Reading and Spelling, OG Teaching of Sound/Symbol Relationships, OG Teaching of Sight Words, Penmanship Teaching, Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching Using the Orton-Gillingham Approach in a 1:1 setting, the OG Clinical Lesson Plan for 1:1 Remediation, Syllabication, Orthography (spelling rules), Comparative Spellings (Ratios), Morphology, Reading (including blending) and Building Reading Fluency, Comprehension, Basic Composition Skills *Practice lessons will be assigned. Completion of OG4 (supervised practicum) is required to become a certified OG Practitioner.

Prerequisites: BA / B.Ed or SLP certification. Equivalent post-secondary education may satisfy requirements. *Completion of Foundations of OG/MSLE. Criminal record search is also required.


Course fee: $975 + GST (includes criminal record search). Course materials fee: $368.

Course Location Dates Availability
OG Practitioner Reach - Richmond Apr. 5, 6, 13, 26, 27 & May 3, 4 2019 (Fri 4pm - 9pm / Sat 9am - 4pm) Register Now
OG Practitioner Reach - Richmond July 9 - 12 & 15 - 18 2019 (9am - 4pm daily) Register Now
OG Practitioner Reach - North Van July 16 - 19 & 22 - 25, 2019 (9am - 4pm daily) Register Now

This additional course text book needs to be purchased and brought to class and are available on our website, Amazon or direct from the publisher:

  • Gillingham, A., & Stillman, B.W. (1997). The Gillingham Manual: Remedial Training for Children with Specific Disability in Reading, Spelling and Penmanship (8th ed.). Cambridge, MA: Educators Publishing Service.

Note: All registrants must be prepared to scan/upload copies of the following documents: degrees and/or post secondary diplomas, OG1 completion certificate, and a completed Criminal Record Search. Each form will be requested for upload on our registration site. Please have scans of these documents ready on your computer. Once your application has been reviewed and accepted, we will contact you and send you your pre-study package. Criminal Record Search clearances may be submitted to your trainer on the first day of classes. If you are not accepted into the course, your registration fee will be reimbursed less a $200 processing fee.

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Cost: $950 + GST

OG Practitioner Practicum

Completion of a supervised practicum is not only a requirement for professional accreditation in Canada or US, but is also a crucial element in the learning process for OG Practitioner Trainees. The practicum is also an opportunity to carefully practice procedures and lesson plan implementation learned in the OGP coursework. After registration in the practicum, OGP Trainees are matched with a Supervising Mentor who reports progress back to the Trainer. Trainees will submit a case study reflecting on their practicum student, and receive guidance and support in preparing for the lessons to be conducted during the practicum. With approval of their intervention plan, Trainees will digitally record and upload their unedited Orton-Gillingham lessons (total of 8 or 10 lessons) to their SM for review and feedback. Each lesson, along with the written documentation of the plans as outlined by your Trainer, are submitted to the SM. Feedback is provided and marks are allocated following a carefully outlined rubric. The practicum participation should take approximately 4 months but may take up to one year to complete. Completion of observed practicum lessons is required for trainees who seek to gain certification through an OG certifying body (Canada or US). *Course completion certification of theory AND practicum will be issued after satisfactory completion of the practicum.

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Foundations of MSL and OG Practitioner Training and submitted Criminal Record Search clearance.

Course Location Dates Availability
Practitioner Practicum In your own location On your own time Register Now
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Cost: $850 + GST. Course materials fee: $368

OG Classroom Educator Training

Using the Orton-Gillingham approach and rationale for teaching, join our certified OG Trainers to learn how to implement the OG approach in a classroom or small group setting such a Learning Assistance/ Resource centre. This course will investigate OG classroom procedures for providing structured, sequential, multisensory language and phonics instruction in a classroom setting, including procedures for RTI implementation and progress monitoring.  Provide instruction in reading and spelling that allows your students to be “Detectives” of the language and learn the code for mastering phonology, orthography, and syllabication. Strategies for penmanship/ letter formations, sight word teaching, alphabet sequencing, sound/symbol relationships, spelling rules, and syllables will be examined and practiced. Specific strategies for explicit reading and spelling instruction will be examined and practiced. This is a 60 hour course provided over 5 or 6 classroom sessions.

Prerequisite: Open to practicing teachers, speech pathologists others with education degrees AND completion of Foundations of OG/MSL.

Course Location Dates Availability
Classroom Educator Reach - North Van July 8 - 12, 2019 (9am - 4pm daily) Register Now

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Tuition and materials Includes:

  1. Private Access to the Online Introductory Pre-course Study Program.

  2. A Guide to Success with Math -  the  Digital OG Math resource and course text based on the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

  3. A  personal Multisensory Math Kit available for pick up on the first day of the course.

  4. ** One Full Year of Access to the OG Math Online Course Review Program which contains downloadable course materials and demonstration videos.

  5. A personal student binder and all course handouts.

Cost: $795 + GST. Course materials included.

OG Academic Math

Based on the Orton-Gillingham Approach (OG) for reading instruction, this interactive hands-on training introduces you to a multisensory approach for achieving mastery of primary and intermediate level math concepts. The OG interactive, cognitive approach for learning math enables students to develop more effective ways of thinking about math and applying new skills.

  • requires students to consciously “think” through processes which might be quite automatic for most children.

  • is a success oriented program in which the students work at levels appropriate to their abilities. Teachers provide needed instruction and create opportunities for practice in carrying skills to functional use.

  • uses a multi-sensory technique. This means that the student will feel the motion of the hand touching, moving and building math concepts with concrete materials. At the same time the student will see, verbalize and hear how the math concept is developed and problems can be solved.

  • builds in a structural and sequential way in order to fill any gaps in the child’s knowledge of math functions, vocabulary and problem solving. Therefore, students develop adequate math skills to become independent.

  • includes an approach to the language of math which stresses the use of the intellect.

  • emphasizes teaching to individual needs.

  • teaches patterns of thought, i.e. the process needed to perform math functions and problem solving correctly, not just memorizing facts.

Course Location Dates Availability
OG Academic Math Reach - North Van Feb 28, 29 & Mar 6, 7, 2020 (Fri, 4pm - 9pm / Sat, 9am - 4pm) Coming Soon!
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